Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!  Almost 200 people in the LGBTQ writing community have banded together to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia and raise awareness, acceptance, and love around the world.

Everyone is running their own giveaways in this hop, and mine is a $25 donation to The Trevor Project in the winner’s name, along with a $10 All Romance eBooks gift card. I considered offering some Trevor Gear, but don’t want to exclude my international friends. Check out the end of the post for ways to enter.

I really didn’t know what to post about for such an important event. Usually at big events I’m the quiet one in the corner, observing. But that’s not exactly what I signed up for. This is the sixth post I’ve written for this hop. The others weren’t bad, but they were all too something:  too personal, too political, too sad or too angry.

So instead of any of that, I’m going to shine the light on one of the most important groups I know of: The Trevor Project. I wish they were local so I could volunteer, but I’ll have to settle for sharing their Lifeline number and their message, and sending money.

Many kids, regardless of orientation, experience a time when things seem too hard, too big, too impossible to overcome. Even though it’s wonderful to be unique, it’s not always easy to be different. It can feel like nobody cares, or like nobody has ever gone through anything so awful. I’ve been there myself. When you’re in crisis, it’s hard to feel anything but horrible and hopeless.

TrevorSpace

But you’re not alone. Someone cares. The volunteers at The Trevor Project are always there to listen. They care. The people who give money to keep the phone lines open care. The team keeping the web site up and running, they care. Even if they don’t know you, they care what happens to you.

Parents and friends of LGBTQ youth—let the young people in your life know you care. Even if they seem to be handling things okay, everyone needs help sometimes. The strongest kids can break the hardest and with the least warning. Texts, phone calls, hugs—don’t let someone you care about forget you’re there.

Trevor Lifeline: 866 488 7386

Thanks, everyone, for getting this far with me, and for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. To enter my giveaway for a $25 donation in your name to The Trevor Project and a $10 All Romance eBooks gift card, leave a comment with your e-mail address and a suicide prevention hotline number or similar resource serving LGBTQ youth or seniors in your local area (worldwide). I want to compile a list and make it available 24/7 on my Resources page. Because even though the greatest sign of strength is asking for help, you have to know who to ask.

For more entries, follow my blog, Like my FB Author Page, catch up with me on Twitter, or share my Resources page–anything goes!

Let me know what you did in your comment, and then hop on!

I’ll e-mail my winner within 48 hours of the conclusion of the hop on May 27th. Break a leg!

 

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43 thoughts on “Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!

  1. Great message, Charley 🙂

    We only have one LGBTQ center/organization in Iceland, but it’s done a kick-ass job over the 35 years they’ve been operating. 35 years ago, LGBT people in Iceland had to flee the country because of death threats; now people speaking against LGBTQ people run the risk of getting bashed (verbally).

    The number to the LGBTQ center (Samtokin 78) in Iceland is 552 7878. However, we also have a national hotline to all people who need someone to listen to (not LGBTQ exclusive): 1717 (it’s like an emergency number and they’ll help no matter what – the land code to Iceland is +354).

    • Thanks, Erica! I didn’t expect my first international # to be from Iceland, that’s so cool! I’ll add them both.

      And thanks for the good news–it’s nice to hear!

  2. Making people aware of all the groups that offer help and support is a wonderful thing. In fact I am going to add them to my blog, and look for some here in Toronto and helping doing whatever I can. Thats my goal so for next year I will have something spectacular to share.

  3. I think that this was a great post. I know that this can be a tough topic to write on but you did a great job. Thank you for doing the hop

  4. Great post, Charley! I focused on The Trevor Project for my post as well, and I swear I didn’t read yours first, lol.

    There isn’t a hotline for my immediate area that I can find, but I did find a resource page for my state with national and state hotlines: http://www.suicidehotlines.com/southcarolina.html They list The Trevor Project along with other resources for youth as well as seniors and military vets. Seems like a good resource.

    bloodandfires (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Great minds think alike! 🙂 I like your post too — can’t say enough good things about TTP. They even get high scores with Charity Navigator (62.76 out of 70).

      Thanks for the addition to my list! I should amend my page to include vets too, thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

      Hope you have fun on the hop!

  5. One I’ve come across on other participants blogs is The Albert Kennedy Trust, akt.org.uk, With centres in London 020 7831 6562; Manchester 0161 228 3308; Newcastle upon Tyne 0191 281 0099

  6. I doubt I would ever have called them – knowing perfectly well that come the beginning of the month it was time for the parents to separate work calls from private calls – ohh yeah there was grilling if “unknown” numbers turned upon the bill … ahh well yes I grew up before the age of cell phones.
    Sure would have been nice to have had… well I’m glad they are there and helping.

    • Hi Loni, thanks for your comment. The internet is good for that–no hassles over phone bills, and it’s much easier to find help when you need it. *hug*

      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Charley

  7. Right down the street, The LGBT Communtiy Center of Metro St. Louis offers help, support, and resources. The number is (314) 472-5428. It’s on that cool stretch with all the rainbow flags.

    • I didn’t realize WP would see links & think the reply had to be spam. Sorry it took me so long to pull yours off moderation!

      Thanks for the links! I’ll add them to the list. 🙂

  8. Great post. In Kentucky there is not a LGBT crisis line, but there is Safe Place for all teens, providing emergency shelter, food, clothes, etc. Their 24 hour crisis and advice line is 502-635-5233.

    peggy1984 (at) live (dot) com

  9. The list is a great idea Charlie, I’m glad you’re putting it together. As for me, I recently just found a great organization AllOut (https://www.allout.org/en). It’s a worldwide organization, and it’s pretty awesome. Thanks for participating!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10. Hi! Thanks for being apart of this fantastic hop! Its amazing what your all doing! I live in the Watervliet, Michigan. Heres the hotline: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline- 1-800-336-0341. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful night!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Hi Charley. Great post. Thanks so much for joining the HAHAT this year. Your pics aren’t showing up for me but I’m not sure if that’s just my computer or not. Have a great day. Hugs.

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